WOODSTOCK – Historic quilts from the collection of the McHenry County Historical Society are on display from now through Feb. 3 at the Woodstock Opera House.
The quilts date from the 1880s to the 1990s, and highlight a variety of patterns from the society’s collection of more than 160 quilts.
One of the quilts featured in the Community Room display is a red-and-white "Signature" quilt made by the women of the Richmond Congregational Church in 1887. There are 162 names hand-inked on the quilt. Each person paid 10 cents to $1 as a fundraiser for the church.
In 1895, the quilt was given to Cora Cotting at her wedding to Edward Stewart. She was a granddaughter of Charles C. Cotting, an early pioneer of Richmond. Charles Cotting built Richmond’s first flour mill.
The quilts are free for public viewing during normal box office hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. For information, call 815-923-2267; www.woodstockoperahouse.com.